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Posted on March 09, 2018

New all-electric Ford Transit

Lightning Systems, a global developer of efficiency and emissions improvement solutions for fleets, today announced it is on schedule for March deliveries of its new zero-emissions LightningElectric system for Ford Transit and that it has developed a zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell range extender for the product. For more see the IDTechEx report on industrial and commercial electric vehicles.
The LightningElectric battery conversion package available for Ford Transit as part of Ford Motor Company's eQVM program was announced last September. First customer deliveries will occur this month as planned.
The new Lightning Systems zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell range extender for the LightningElectric Ford Transit has been developed in partnership with several industry partners and will extend the range of the LE 50 to over 200 miles. It will be available in California beginning in September 2018 where significant vouchers for fuel cell vehicles and infrastructure exist.
"We're excited to deliver the LightningElectric zero-emissions Ford Transit this month as promised. Our road testing validated an industry-leading EV efficiency, and it is smooth, quiet, and fast," said Tim Reeser, chief executive officer for Lightning Systems.
Both the all-electric and the zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell range extender are available for heavy-duty Transits with a 10,360-pound gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). Ford's vehicle warranty covers the base chassis for vehicles with the Lightning conversions. Installations and service are performed by Ford QVM upfitters and dealers around the world.
The all-electric Lightning product features a state-of-the-art, liquid-cooled Lithium-Ion battery from a volume-ready world-class battery supplier that can be fast-charged in thirty-minutes on DC fast charging, and in six hours with Level 2 charging. Depending on battery option and drive cycle, LightningElectric has a payload capacity of up to 4,000 pounds.
Reeser added, "I'm especially thrilled to announce the upcoming zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell range extender for the Ford Transit. It is a natural step for Lightning with our extensive experience with sensor-equipped high-pressure composite vessels that we pioneered with our hydraulic hybrid offering."
The LightningElectric fuel cell range extender uses hydrogen stored onboard in high-tech carbon fiber-wrapped pressure vessels equipped with sensors. The hydrogen will be delivered to an industry-leading fuel cell to charge a Lithium-Ion battery with up to 30 kW of power. The vehicle will have a range over 200 miles and top speed of 75 miles per hour, making it an ideal solution where long range and zero emissions are required.
Source and top image: Lightening Systems
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